Posted by debito on September 16th, 2007
Hi Blog. Just got word from Mrs. Idubor, the wife of imprisoned Osayuwamen Idubor, the Nigerian held by police despite no evidence on a rape charge for more than half a year now. Background on the case at http://www.debito.org/?p=537.
News is that the Yokohama District Court has pushed the hearing back another week, to October 18th, 1:30 PM, Yokohama District Court. Open to the public, attend if you like.
Reason given was the the interpreter was so incompetent last hearing that they fired him or her. So they have to redo the whole thing–hear Mrs. Idubor’s testimony all over again.
Mrs. Idubor has also said that her lawyer is praying for a suspended sentence (shikkou yuuyo). A not-guilty verdict is impossible, he says, because if that happens, they have to pay him for all the time served, since he could not work in the interim. They don’t want to pay him for all the months in the brig, so out comes the guilty verdict.
Meanwhile, Osayuwamen has been moved to a smaller cell for reasons unknown, where he apparently cannot stretch his legs.
AGAIN, HOW YOU CAN HELP
1) The Idubors are having trouble making ends meet, given that they are paying for a lawyer and Mrs. Idubor is running the bar in his place. So you can:
a) Contribute to their legal funds through their bank account:
Mizuho Bank LTD. , Tokyo
A\C NO.: 116-2788496
b) Stop by their bar and buy a drink. It’s in Yokohama, and a friend of mine stopped by a few days ago (on a completely coincidental recommendation from a different bar) and said it’s very nice:
Big Ys Cafe
Laport Motomachi 104
Tell them I sent you. It’s open from 18:00 till morning. Map there downloadable in Excel and htm format (trying again, please advise if not downloadable):
c) Join Mrs Idubor when she visits her husband every weekday in prison. She might be able to take two visitors with her each day. Contact me at email@example.com (please entitle your email “Idubor visit request”) and I’ll forward your email to her.
Arudou Debito in Sapporo